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I, too, have my Cataloging and Classification students create fielded
metadata.  Like Paula, I have make up non-existent books for them to
catalog, basing the required metadata types on existing records and
books, but altering the content so that they cannot simply look up
existing catalog records.

Lorraine Normore
School of Information Sciences
University of Tennessee

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I teach a cataloging course for paraprofessionals in a library
technology program.  What I have done in the past is alter the title
pages of the materials to be cataloged, or made up titles pages that
included the elements I wished to test on.  It has worked in the past,
but I do have those students who try to find matches in other libraries'
online catalogs and provide information not present in the title page
provided in the exam.
 
On the non-English materials, I would like to know if the students are
expected to provide subject analysis.  Also, is one of the requirements
for library school entrance a second language?  
 
Paula Demanett
Librarian
Fresno City College
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Greetings, all!

I'm a long-time cataloger at UC Davis (since 1980). I was asked by
Elizabeth
Aversa, dean of the School of Library and Information Studies at the U
of
AL, to teach an online elective class in cataloging and classification
for
the spring semester. I began in early January, and the semester will
conclude at the end of this month.

60 percent of the students' grade will come from their performance on
the
final exam. I plan to scan a minimum of ten and a maximum of twenty
title
pages, covers, containers, etc. of various formats (books, serials, CDs,
videos, DVDs, software) and ask the students to catalog at least ten to
the
test account SLIS has in OCLC Connexion.

My problems are these: first, at least eighty percent of the cataloging
I do
consists of originals, and at least eight percent of that isn't in
English.
When I queried my students about their comfort level working with
non-English-language materials, most said okay so long as it is in
standard
western European languages, but a few insisted they would not want to do
non-English.

My second problem is that it's going to be difficult to find materials,
particularly in English, that don't already have copy. I'm not sure if I
should trust my students not to peek. ;-) A cataloger friend thinks I
should
comb Connexion for old copy (i.e. pre-AACR2), so that the descriptive
cataloging, at least, would need retrofitting according to what I've
taught
them.

I've posed these two questions to Dr. Aversa and Dr. Steven MacCall, a
professor at SLIS. Dr. Aversa hasn't responded yet; Dr. MacCall thinks I
shouldn't hesitate to give my students non-English things to catalog.

Do any of you have opinions you'd like to share with me?

Buzz Haughton
100 N West Quad
Davis CA 95616-5292
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